Originally Posted by fcastle
Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I do not have to buy from BB, I was just there to demo the headphones and the guy gave me 10% off. I figured I could always return them.
I did check Amazon - their price right now is $299 (and I would have to pay tax on top of that) and there is one used paid someone is selling that has "minor scratches". I passed on that one.
I also checked ebay and many of the ones available are at $290+. There were a few "new in box" ones for about $240-250, but me being the skeptical guy I am, I always wonder how someone has a product that is supposedly new in box and is selling it for 20% less than regular stores.
I think my main debate is whether to pick up one of the refurbs from Crutchfield as I think oblique63 has a good point about the QA being better on a refurbed item since it has likely been fully inspected. I also would trust Crutchfield and I also do not need the original box.
On the other hand, another advantage with BB is when I put the headphones to the test over the next 30 days, if anything is wrong with them, I can just drive them a few miles and return them or swap them out (I have a couple BBs locally that still have them in stock, just not the closest one).
Haha! Looks like nobody's tossed up more used pairs onto Amazon yet - I know the "slightly scratched" used pair you are talking about, I saw it when I ordered mine (there were only two pairs of used ones, the other pair was in flawless like-new condition at $230 - including shipping, so that's the one I got)
As for the "new in box" ones at $240-250, I really wouldn't worry about the authenticity of the item. eBay has a pretty stringent buyer protection policy; if there's something seriously wrong with your item, you will typically be reimbursed quickly. I have never had someone on ebay ship me an item described as "brand new" that isn't.
You have to keep in mind, a lot of sellers on ebay are actually retailers "in disguise" (meaning they technically have a "store" and presented themselves to the manufacturers as such, so were able to obtain the merchandise at wholesale prices), but when they sale on ebay they skimp on sales tax and all that, and since they got ahold of their merchandise at wholesale prices, they can afford to undercut sellers who are selling at retail prices, and still make a profit.
As for BB, yes the return policy would be convenient - but personally:
- You are paying somewhere between an extra $50-80 just to get that return policy (actually, more, if you count the tax - which will be hefty at $299)
- For ebay or Amazon purchases, even if the seller doesn't let you return the item, you can easily resell it at nearly the same price (open-box but like-new items often sale for the same price as brand new items - $10-20 less at the very most).
- The amount of money you save from not buying at Best Buy easily compensates for the amount of money you would lose if you decided to resell your item on ebay or Amazon.
That's the way I look at it anyway. :) If you really like the sound of K550, and it has a very good chance of staying with you for a while, I don't see any reason to pay extra at BB.
Edited by Bagheera - 2/9/13 at 3:39pm